Movie for theatrical release


  • Lars Eidinger
  • Devid Striesow
  • Luise Heyer
  • Florian Anderer
  • Paula Kalenberg
  • Peter Benedict
  • Peter Lohmeyer
  • Kai Wiesinger
  • Moritz Jahn
  • Andreas Schröders
  • Victoria Trauttmansdorff
  • Hedi Kriegeskotte
  • Christian Redl
  • Neithardt Riedel
  • Dirk Böhling
  • Hendrik Heutmann
  • Inka Löwendorf
  • Daniel Drewes
  • Hannes Hellmann
  • Thomas Schendel
  • Ada Philine Stappenbeck
  • Leon Hoge
  • Wolf List
  • Ivonne Schwarz



  • Franziska Stünkel

Assistant director

  • René Bosmann


  • Franziska Stünkel


  • Nikolai von Graevenitz

Production company

  • Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (Köln)

in co-production with

  • Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)/Arte (Mainz)

in association with

  • Franks Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin)
  • C-Films GmbH (Hamburg)

Producer (TV)

  • Daniel Blum (ZDF)
  • Olaf Grunert (Arte)

Original distributor

  • Alamode Filmverleih (München)


  • Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf)
  • nordmedia Fonds GmbH Niedersachsen und Bremen (Hannover + Bremen)
  • Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (FFHSH) (Hamburg)
  • Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
  • Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin)

Assistant camera

  • Patrick Goetz

Production design

  • Anke Osterloh

Property master

  • Alexis Teller

Stand-by props

  • Matthias Kersten


  • Wolfgang Chimera
    Bettina Wente
    Frank Maehr
    Frank Nitz
    Oliver Haack


  • Ute Pfaffendorf

Make-up artist

  • Dolores Sanchez
  • Nicole Skaletz


  • Andreas Prescher


  • Andrea Mertens


  • Sebastian Karim Elias


The story is set in 1981 and is inspired by a certain period in recent German history – namely, the GDR years. Nahschuss refers to the real-life character of Dr Werner Teske, on whom the story is based. Teske was assassinated in East Germany for political reasons, and  he was killed by a close-range gunshot.

Inspired by his story, the protagonist of the film is engineer Franz Walter, who is recruited by the Stasi, the State Security Service of the GDR, as an undercover informant. He rapidly gets into trouble because of his increasingly critical attitude towards the system and is accused of espionage. Starring as the main character is acclaimed German actor Lars Eidinger, supported by Devid Striesow, who plays one of his colleagues, and Luise Heyer as his wife.

In order to render the historical atmosphere as realistically as possible, the film has been shot in several original locations, such as the former ministry building of the State Security Service in Berlin-Lichtenberg and the prison of Hohenschönhausen, used during the GDR years.